ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – The pool at St. Viator is odd.
Teams have to adjust their lineups to compete there because the pool has only five lanes – one short of the traditional six.
Depth is also an issue. The water is less than 3 feet deep near the far wall. So before the 34th Annual St. Viator Swimming Invitational on Wednesday, most teams entered wondering what kind of performances could be had during the early-season meet.
St. Ignatius won with 246 points, one ahead of Prospect. Huntley (188) came in third in the seven-team field, and Jacobs co-op (135) took sixth.
Both local teams had swimmers turn in good times.
"Cole Guenther was a good surprise for us in the 100-[yard] butterfly," Jacobs co-op coach Rick Andresen said. "He really muscled through that swim."
Guenther finished the race in 1:04.54, good for eighth place and more than three seconds ahead of his seed time. It was a particularly good swim for the Golden Eagles because Andresen is worried about the team's depth, and seeing swims like Guenther's can ease the early-season worries.
"We aren't as strong as we have been in the last couple of years," the coach said. "We don't have very much depth and we're trying to get guys going, so that was a good swim."
Alex Reinbrecht, a three-time state qualifier for the Golden Eagles, won both of his individual events. The senior won the 200 individual medley in 2:04.87 and the 500 freestyle (4:54.85). He won the 500 freestyle by nearly 12 seconds and is looking forward to a chance at a fourth straight state appearance.
"It was pretty good," Reinbrecht said of the 500. "Right now I'm kind of coasting and getting a good feel of my swims. It felt good and I just wanted to finish it out. I'm just trying to keep a good pace and work toward the postseason."
Huntley first-year coach George Keenan is still learning about his team and was pleased with several strong swims, including Ryan Czarnecki's 500 freestyle. He finished second in 5:06.65 and bettered his seed time by nearly seven seconds.
"We have some good swimmers," Keenan said. "There are a few guys that have made some big strides, and we can do something this season with this core of good swimmers."